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Charles Heller


1914 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Charles Heller Obituary
1914 - 2016 Charles "Chuck" Heller, of Rancho Mirage, California, passed away peacefully at his home on March 24th, 2016 at the age of 101, surrounded by his loving wife, Irma and their three children, Brian, Eileen and Sherry. In 1937, Chuck married Irma, the love of his life and they were married for 78 years. Chuck would often say, "The best thing I ever did in my life was to marry Irma." Together they have 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. They lived together in Los Angeles, CA for nearly 60 years before moving to their Rancho Mirage residence permanently in 1994. Chuck was born in 1914 in New York City, near the Bronx. As a young boy, Chuck decided to be a happy positive person, to enjoy his life, his family and his friends. He was the ultimate optimist. He loved to joke around and have fun --- a lot. He was quick to bring a laugh or a smile to anyone who was lucky enough to share time with him. He reveled in spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who admired and loved him greatly. Chuck founded and successfully built Midway Hardware, a thriving business in Los Angeles for 37 years, where he helped countless individuals, contractors and developers all over the South West. Chuck loved to host friends and entertain. His family was always welcome to spend time with him anytime they wanted. Chuck and Irma always had friends and family over to their house. In fact, even their children's teenage friends enjoyed hanging out at the Heller household where they'd frequently host as many as 30-40 kids at a time. Chuck was a gifted athlete and an enthusiastic tennis player---a sport he loved sharing with hundreds of friends and family members over the years. His passion for tennis grew across multiple generations of his family, who loved every second they got to share on the court with him, no matter how badly he might have beaten them. He played nearly every day of the week well into his mid 90s. After buying their house in Rancho Mirage, both he and Irma joined the Springs Tennis and Social Club, where they developed many loving friendships; enjoyed many special events and created countless fond memories with everyone they encountered over the years. In his latter years, Chuck had wonderful caregivers who he loved (and entertained) very much. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the City of Hope 800-826-HOPE (4673)
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 27 to Mar. 29, 2016
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